Joe Girardi to be a free agent at the end of the year

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Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports points out that Girardi has a number of options to chose from for next season.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi has done an impressive job this season. The Yankees enter Friday with a 79-68 record, one game behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the second AL Wild Card spot. The team has stayed competitive despite a number of injuries to key players and the Alex Rodriguez circus.

Girardi may be rewarded with the AL Manager of the Year award for his efforts, but he will be a free agent at the end of the season. That leaves him with a number of options heading into next season, writes Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

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Yankees general manager Brian Cashman stated that the club would like Girardi back, but the team has yet to sign him to an extension. New York will likely remain an attractive option for Girardi, but Rosenthal points out that a few other positions could interest him as well.

The Washington Nationals will be looking for a new manager, and were interested in Girardi before the 2006 season. The Nationals have a younger team than the Yankees and look better prepared for the future, though, of course, they don't have New York's financial resources.

The Chicago Cubs job could also interest Girardi, according to Rosenthal. Girardi met his wife at Northwestern and spent two stints with the team during his playing career.

Girardi may end up re-signing with the Yankees, same as last time when his contract expired. If the manager decides to listen to suitors, however, things could get interesting during the offseason.

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